This patient was experiencing pain in and around his upper left bicuspid. Upon examination, the tooth had been cracked and could not be saved. The patient had the tooth extracted and an implant placed.
This patient presented to our office with a bridge along his upper gum line that was being held on by teeth with deep decay. The bridge was removed and the decayed teeth were extracted. An implant bridge was then placed which gave this patient a whole new smile!
Notches along the gum line, called abfractions, are caused by stress at the gum line. This can happen due to repeated grinding and clenching of the jaw. Abfractions are not only a cosmetic defect but can also be uncomfortable for the patient. They can be removed in a fairly simple and quick procedure by your dentist.
Congenitally missing teeth are adult teeth that never formed. As seen in this picture, the lateral incisors are some of the more common teeth that can be congenitally missing. Because this patient had enough bone height and bone width in these areas, they were a candidate for implant surgery. Here, the teeth were replaced by implants with custom-shaped and custom-colored crowns.